This vitamin can stop and prevent cancer and doctors say that we need more of this vitamin
Cancer is one of the prime reasons of death in America. It is estimated that there were 1,658,370 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the US. These are just the newly diagnosed cases and not the existing cases in the US.
There have been no cure found for cancer and people continue to lose their lives to one or another kind of cancer each year. There are more than 100 types of cancers each specialized and categorized by the type of cell that they affect. Cancer harms the body when some altered cells start to divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue, which are called tumors. In case of leukemia, cancer prohibits normal blood functions by causing abnormal cell division in the blood stream itself.
Though the scientists have not claimed that they have found a cure to cancer, but they sure have come very close to finding one by discovery a very surprising and possibly life altering relation between cancer and a particular vitamin.
1 Which vitamin are they talking about?
The name of the vitamin that scientists potentially see as a cure to cancer is Vitamin D. It is a very important vitamin that prevents rickets, osteoporosis, bone loss in people with hyperparathyroidism and an inherited disease known as osteogenesis imperfecta, in which a person’s bones are very delicate and brittle.
Vitamin D also helps in conditions related to blood vessels and heart like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is also an ingredient that helps preventing diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
But scientists have found a new use of Vitamin D, in curing and/or stopping cancer.
2 Importance of Vitamin D
The biggest issue that links Vitamin D and cancer is that very few people actually know how to figure out whether they are getting enough Vitamin D or not. The only way to see vitamin D deficiency is via blood test, but there are many indicators, through which it can be determined that a person is suffering from vitamin D shortage.
Those indicators are depression, pain in bones, weakness in muscles, chronic asthma (especially in children), Cognitive loss in elders and excessive sweating and chronic pain. These indicators can help an individual determine whether they are deficient in vitamin D and can confirm it via a blood test.
Nearly 70% of American children do not get the required amount of vitamin D, and about 75% of the adults are also not getting it in the required quantity. The importance of the vitamin lies in its ability to cure heart disease and even cancer.
3 The research and its findings
A research conducted by Dr. Cedric Garland suggested that vitamin D is highly linked to certain forms of cancer, particularly breast cancer. His research showed that a person’s risk of getting breast cancer could be cut down by 50%, if they get adequate amount of vitamin D.
The research didn’t establish any form of causal link between vitamin D and cancer, but it showed that there was an undeniable link between the two. This can be possible; because of the importance vitamin D has in the body’s functions.
It is necessary for the bones to absorb calcium and it also regulates the smooth functioning of cardiovascular system, autoimmune system and several other body processes.
4 How to get more of Vitamin D?
The daily recommended allowance of vitamin D is: from ages 1-70, the daily allowance of vitamin should be 600 IU and for infants from 0-12 months, the daily allowance should be 1000 IU.
It is better to try and get that amount from dietary substances like fish, milk, yogurt, tuna, mushrooms and orange juice. Many vegetables such as spinach, kale, okra, collards, soya beans etc. are full of vitamin D.
Meats and fishes like salmon, sardines, perch and rainbow trout, beef liver, egg yolks are also recommended sources of vitamin D. And the best way is to spend some time in the sun, especially during early morning to get natural vitamin D.
Otherwise you can also take vitamin D3 supplements on a daily basis for 2-3 months to ensure adequate level of vitamin in the body.